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Pixel-Snapper

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Thursday 9th February 2012 quote quote all
wow proper cracking on there Russell.


RussellG

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Thursday 9th February 2012 quote quote all
miniman said:
Hadn't seen this thread until now, fantastic project!
Thanks.

Getting ever closer to the front end fabrication which will no doubt be a headache but should make for interesting pictures.

RussellG

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Pixel-Snapper said:
wow proper cracking on there Russell.
I would like to be further on but I rarely get the time to spend on it that I would like.

Any updates soon on your project ?

Pixel-Snapper

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Friday 10th February 2012 quote quote all
I'm the same Russell I dont get much time on the Van with it being so far away from me. Although that is about to change at the end of the month, I'm moving out of my rented apartment at the end of the month, I'm at a stage where I need to start spending a serious amount of time on the prep before it goes to be painted at the end of march, so I'm moving back to my mums for a while while I'm inbetween somewhere to live up in Nottingham.

Only other news is that I should have my driveshafts and a couple of new cones early next week so I can start to put the subframe and engine back onto the car!!! cant wait to get it back on its wheels again......

Will update my thread when I've got some worthy pictures.

RussellG

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I'm going to need to replace all 4 suspension cones although as a bonus there was a set of hi-Los in the car in amongst the mountains of junk that look useable.
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RussellG

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Saturday 11th February 2012 quote quote all
Today I have got the offside A-panel finished and then went to work on the door gaps.

Not a great shape or gap at the trailing edge before any work


11/2/12.2 by russell.grant, on Flickr

Then a couple of work in progress snaps


11/2/12.4 by russell.grant, on Flickr


11/2/12.5 by russell.grant, on Flickr

Which when finished looks like this


11/2/12.7 by russell.grant, on Flickr


11/2/12.8 by russell.grant, on Flickr


11/2/12.9 by russell.grant, on Flickr


RussellG

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Saturday 11th February 2012 quote quote all
Tomorrow afternoon I will hopefully try and tackle this


11/2/12.6 by russell.grant, on Flickr

Then If I have enough time I might get a chance to use this lot on the underside of the mini


11/2/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr

miniman

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Saturday 11th February 2012 quote quote all
Awesome job on that door, hats off to you.

RussellG

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Sunday 12th February 2012 quote quote all
miniman said:
Awesome job on that door, hats off to you.
Thanks it took a while but I think it was worth the time.

RussellG

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Had a productive day today.

The nearside door has changed from this


11/2/12.6 by russell.grant, on Flickr

to this


12/2/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/2/12.2 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/2/12.3 by russell.grant, on Flickr


RussellG

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Sunday 12th February 2012 quote quote all
Then I decided to turn my attention to coating the floor in anti-stonechip because I need to take the mini off the spit to allow me to fabricate the front end.

Before


12/2/12.5 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/2/12.6 by russell.grant, on Flickr

After


12/2/12.7 by russell.grant, on Flickr

Next Im going to turn my attention to turning the bits in the next picture into a trolley to sit the car on while I make a frontend


12/2/12.10 by russell.grant, on Flickr

RussellG

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Monday 13th February 2012 quote quote all
The fumes from yesterdays stonechip painting were still strong in the garage tonight, so I decided I bet got out and open up the front and back doors a bit for a while to while to let some fresh air through the place.

While there I decided I might as well make a start to the trolley to sit the mini on


13/2/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr


13/2/12.2 by russell.grant, on Flickr

Didnt see a point in spending a lot of time on it so an hour or so got it to this stage & less than half an hour should finish the few bits and pieces that still need done to it.

miniman

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RussellG said:
Didn't see a point in spending a lot of time on it so an hour or so got it to this stage & less than half an hour should finish the few bits and pieces that still need done to it.
hehe

When you've finished this project, you should definitely not see a point in coming and doing the nose of my Dolomite for me biggrin

RussellG

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Wednesday 15th February 2012 quote quote all
Just a quick update today.

Finished the trolley for the shell to sit on


15/2/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr

Then put the body shell up on it, fitted the front subframe and gave the workshop a tidy up


15/2/12.2 by russell.grant, on Flickr


15/2/12.3 by russell.grant, on Flickr

JC T ONE

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Wednesday 15th February 2012 quote quote all
looking good smile keep up the good work .

RussellG

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Friday 17th February 2012 quote quote all
I havent done any work on the mini to update on in the last couple of days

Today however I have had a delivery of a few goodies that I will start work with at the weekend smile


17/2/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr


17/2/12.2 by russell.grant, on Flickr

RussellG

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Saturday 18th February 2012 quote quote all
Not a huge update today but I did get a couple of hours on the mini. Spent a fair bit of the time altering the wing to make them a good fit with the front panel.

I got time to weld the offside wing onto the front panel but the nearside one is only positioned with vice grips till tomorrow.


18/2/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr

Edited by RussellG on Saturday 18th February 19:57

RussellG

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Today was hard going but ultimately well worth the effort.

I have both wings welded up to the front panel & all the welds dressed off. I then refitted to the front of the car to double check it was going to be a close fit & to allow me to position the bonnet correctly. Next I removed the bracket that holds the original grille trim on the front of the bonnet & gave the bonnet edge a few repairs.

Then it was time to fit the bonnet to the frontend. I have secured the bonnet in place with a few tack welds along the front and either side just now but I will weld it in place properly next time. All this just left me enough time to sit the front in place so I can double check that it will all fit properly with a sensible amount of adjustment and gave me a chance for a couple of quick pictures.


19/2/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr


19/2/12.2 by russell.grant, on Flickr

RussellG

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Wednesday 22nd February 2012 quote quote all
Started to fit the hinges for the one piece front tonight. I decide to make up a box section on the inner wing to mount the hinge on. Its still very much a work in progress but I have taken a couple of pictures of the work so far.

Without the hinge fitted

22/2/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr

With the hinge fitted (closed position)


22/2/12.2 by russell.grant, on Flickr

With the hinge fitted (open position)


22/2/12.3 by russell.grant, on Flickr

Pixel-Snapper

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Thursday 23rd February 2012 quote quote all
I think its actaully starting to depress me the speed in which your getting through this Russell. frown













Only kidding will be back on mine next week. Keep it up thumbup
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